All Aboard The Arc! 2014


Join The Arc of Massachusetts on May 7, 2014, for The Arc's major rally to raise public awareness for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The rally and entertainment program which celebrates the achievements and contributions of our self-advocates will take place from 11am-1pm in the Brewer Fountain area of the Boston Common.


All Aboard The Arc! is a statewide awareness campaign and pledge event in which anyone can participate - individuals, families, community members, local leaders, supporters of The Arc, students, and employee groups.


Please consider participating in this year's All Aboard The Arc! and REGISTER NOW.


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Video Contest

 The Real Friends Project - Video Contest


The Arc of Massachusetts is seeking stories of friendships between people with and without disabilities.  The Top 5 videos will be shown at The Real Friends Project’s “Power of Friendship” symposium on June 18, 2014.  Recognition and prizes will be given to those winning videographers. 


Click here to view details on how to submit your video! 


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Speaker Robert DeLeo after passage of Autism Omnibus bill with Barbara L'Italien,
Amy Weinstock, Ann Guay and on left, Julia Landau and Tina Fitanides

April 17:  Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a comprehensive Autism bill - House 4047. The bill was a combination of many of the pieces of legislation filed in January of 2013 as a result of the work by the Governor's Autism Commission.

The legislation will reestablish the Autism Commission as a permanent and autonomous entity, necessary since the previous commission sun-setted upon release of the report. It provides for an executive director to support autism advocacy, training and reporting. There are two specific areas directed to study - the long-term needs for housing and employment - in addition to the areas of study and recommendations previously covered by the commission.

DDS will now be directed to include in its eligibility guidelines the federal definition of developmental disability for people on the autism spectrum and those with Prader Willi. This change will assist many whose functional needs are not reflected by their IQ score and who are now denied access to DDS.


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Chairman Dempsey and the Ways/Means Committee released a supportive 2015 budget for our services on April 9 of this week.  

Highlights additional funding for:

•        Family Support/Respite of $2.5 Million

•        Made a major investment in Chapter 257

•        Additional monies for other accounts such as transportation and day/employment. 

•        The Ways and Means Document specifically referenced the new initiative in employment including a separate account with $1 Million. 


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Transition from school to adult life - statewide all-day conference Sept. 20, 2014


In the coming weeks, The Arc, ADDP and others will be advocating for a range of supports for people with disabilities.  Please click here to see what The Arc will present as its testimony.  You can use this to communicate with your legislator too.

Posted in: Budget